By Barry Holbrook: Anthony Joshua will return to action early next year, instead of December, according to Eddie Hearn’s promoter.
Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) was previously scheduled to fight in December, but after the Tyson Fury fight fell through, plans changed. Hearn stated that he wants Joshua to have more time to work with his training team.
He seemed to have improved from his first fight against new coach Robert Garcia last August in the 12th round match where they beat Oleksandr Usyk in their match.
If Joshua can continue to improve under Garcia’s guidance, he could be in a good place to beat Fury next year. Hearn wants Joshua to fight as early as 2023 and then face Dillian Whyte and possibly Deontay Wilder.
“For me, after the defeat, I want to see him work with his new team, gain confidence, fight again, but at the same time, I want to see him in big fights,” he said. . Eddie Hearn for Fight Hub TV against Anthony Joshua.
“Joshua will be back early next year. I want to see it work.”
“We were told that time is running out. Everyone’s going to go back and forth,” Hearn told BetOnline_ag when asked why the Joshua-Tyson Fury fight couldn’t happen.
“Forget what is said behind closed doors because you will never know the answers to this, people. Just look at what you know, Tyson Fury gave Anthony Joshua two terms and said, ‘If you don’t sign this fight today, the fight will be off.’
“First, I convinced AJ to let us go on, and Fury agreed to go on. And then in a couple of days, he did it again. In the end, when you’re calling somebody out like that, what should you do? did you think?
“One thing you know is that people are starting to see through some of Tyson Fury’s bulls. No matter what your skills are, digest this. He put the deadline on us because he said he needs to know who he’s fighting on December 3rd.
“About four weeks later, he signed his fight with Derek Chisora. So why aren’t we given this time to make the biggest deal in boxing? I think he ran Joshua the wrong way.” , calling him, ‘You are like the house; you missed the deadline. You are not getting your chance now.’
“Eventually, a guy like AJ is going to turn around and say, ‘Look, don’t waste my time,'” Hearn said.